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Posted 16 August, 2023

SYNOPSYS INC appointed Sassine Ghazi as new CEO

Nasdaq:SNPS appointed new Chief Executive Officer Sassine Ghazi in a 8-K filed on 16 August, 2023.


  In connection therewith, on August 13, 2023, the Board promoted Sassine Ghazi, Synopsys' President and Chief Operating Officer, to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, and appointed Dr. de Geus to the role of Executive Chair of the Board, in each case, effective as of the Effective Date.  

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Overview of SYNOPSYS INC
Technology • Software
Synopsys, Inc. engages in the provision of electronic design automation (EDA) software that engineers use to design and test integrated circuits (ICs). It also offers semiconductor intellectual property (IP) products. It operates through the following segments: EDA, Design IP, Software Integrity, and Other. The EDA segment includes silicon design, verification products and services, system integration products and services, digital, custom, and FPGA IC design software, verification software and hardware products, and manufacturing software products. The Software Integrity segment includes a solution for building security and compliance testing into the customers' software development lifecycle and supply chain. The company was founded by Aart J. de Geus, Bill Krieger, Dave Gregory, and Rick Rudell in December 1986 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.
Market Cap
$90.7B
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Relevant filing section
Item 5.02 
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 


On August 12, 2023, Aart J. de Geus informed the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Synopsys, Inc. ("Synopsys") of his intent to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Synopsys, effective January 1, 2024 (the "Effective Date"). In connection therewith, on August 13, 2023, the Board promoted Sassine Ghazi, Synopsys' President and Chief Operating Officer, to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, and appointed Dr. de Geus to the role of Executive Chair of the Board, in each case, effective as of the Effective Date. 

On August 13, 2023, the Board also approved an increase in the size of the Board from ten to eleven directors, and appointed Mr. Ghazi as a director, in each case, effective as of August 13, 2023. 

Mr. Ghazi, 53, has served as our Chief Operating Officer since August 2020 and became our President in November 2021. Mr. Ghazi joined Synopsys in March 1998 as an Application Engineer and most recently served as General Manager of the Design Group. Prior to joining Synopsys, Mr. Ghazi was a design engineer at Intel Corporation. Mr. Ghazi received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Lebanese American University; a B.S.E.E from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993; and an M.S.E.E. from the University of Tennessee in 1995. 

The Company expects to approve new compensation terms for Dr. de Geus and Mr. Ghazi at a later date, and will disclose the compensatory terms by an amendment to this Form 8-K. 

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Ghazi and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Ghazi was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Synopsys. Mr. Ghazi does not have any family relationship with any of Synopsys' directors or executive officers or any persons nominated or chosen by Synopsys to be a director or executive officer. Mr. Ghazi has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction or proposed transaction required to be reported under Section 404(a) of Regulation S-K or Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K.